Finding the perfect rental can sometimes be a daunting task. By asking yourself these simple questions, you can save yourself a lot of time and heartache by finding a property that meets your needs and satisfies your personal checklist and budget.
Is this property in the right location? Is this neighborhood close to work, family, school, etc.? By determining your preferred location up front, you will know where to start your search and can eliminate looking at areas that aren’t convenient for you.
Is the rent comparable to similar rentals in the area? When looking for a rental property price is key and comparing rental prices in an area can help you determine whether you are getting enough bang for your buck.
Are utilities included in the rent or would that be the tenant’s responsibility as well? Electricity and water costs are often not included in a monthly rental rate. If you don’t see utilities listed on an add, be sure to ask as that could turn into an additional cost you weren’t counting on.
Is the rent and utilities (if applicable) in my budget? Once you know how much you can spend per month on life’s basic necessities (rent, food, entertainment, etc.), make sure that whatever property you are looking for fits into that budget.
Does this rental have all the amenities I’m looking for and meet my needs? This is the last and most important question to ask yourself before signing a lease. If you are a germaphobe and know for a fact that you absolutely can’t share a bathroom with someone, don’t rent a 1 bathroom property with 2 other roommates. Have a dog and need a fenced in yard but the property you’re viewing doesn’t have that? Don’t get swept off your feet by soaring ceilings and a renovated kitchen and try to keep in mind your actual needs. 12 months can be a long time to take your dog out on a leash during rain or shine just to be able to have that farm style sink!
We hope you find this information useful and wish you a very successful house hunt!
~ Ansley & Ferris